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Emanuel Ax, piano
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Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise”
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
Six variations on an original theme for piano in F Major, Op. 34
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Five variations for piano on “Rule, Britannia!”, WoO 79
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3


Performance Information

“Strong on bravura, ravishing in finesse, and flinging himself into the work with glee” – The Guardian

Emanuel Ax—the beloved American pianist who has been a fixture of the piano world since his 1974 win at the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition—is no stranger to Washington Performing Arts audiences, having appeared in recent years in collaborative performances with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and others. He returns this season for his first solo Washington Performing Arts recital in ten years, performing an all-Beethoven program showcasing his “thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” playing (Washington Post).

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg. This engagement of Emanuel Ax is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.